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IMG_0630 Stine Eckert Head ShotI’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Wayne State University and Chair of the Feminist Scholarship Division (FSD) of the International Studies Association (ICA).

My research interests include the intersections of social media and gender; social media and minorities; online harassment; the democratic potential of social media; and women in journalism and media.

My teaching experience includes feminist media theory; interviewing as a research method; journalism and new media; news reporting, writing and editing; broadcast news writing, reporting and editing; media literacy; media and journalism history.

#4genderstudies hashtag initiative December 18, 2018 to strengthen visibility of gender media studies

Please join the 2018 initiative to use the #4genderstudies hashtag on December 18, 2018 to strengthen the visibility and the understanding for the need of gender (media) studies.

As part of the Day of Sciences on Gender Studies in 2017 researchers from different disciplines, including communication, media and journalism studies, in Germany, Austria and Switzerland drew attention to the need to strengthen the visibility of gender (media) studies. This also ties in with the discussion of the attacks on gender studies in Hungary and attacks on the freedom of researchers.

Researchers initiated and used the hashtag #4genderstudies and generated publicity around the issue online and in mainstream news media. The idea is to repeat this success this year on December 18, 2018. At least two universities in Germany will hold talks and discussions on the need for gender studies on that day. Everyone can join by using the hashtag #4genderstudies online to post their articles, research,  and arguments on the need to research gender in media, communication and journalism studies as well as other disciplines.

Summary of the articles and initiatives that #4genderstudies generated in 2017 (in German language).



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Transgressive Feminisms
Detroit, MI – June 4-6, 2019

Guest Scholar: Linda Steiner, Ph.D.

Seminar Description:

With the changing media landscapes, feminist communication and media scholars are using a critical theoretical lens to examine a plethora of new problems, platforms, and questions. This seminar will focus on transgressive feminisms: We will discuss and analyze old and new representations in media (self-representations and media representations) and social media affordances, emphasizing opportunities for critiquing and resisting misogyny and backlash. The goal of the seminar is to take stock of the currents in feminist media and communications scholarship and produce written documents that underscore trends and issues on these aspects that will be productive for subsequent research and collaboration.

Linda Steiner is Professor in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Her work uses feminist theories and ethics to address a broad range of interdisciplinary issues, including how and when gender matters in news and newsrooms; how feminists use media, both historically and in the contemporary moment; war reporting; media ethics; and citizen journalism. She has published three books, co-edited five books (with a sixth forthcoming), and has authored dozens of refereed articles, book chapters, encyclopedia entries, book reviews, reports, and opinion pieces. She was recognized in 2011 with the James Carey Award for her co-edited book Key Concepts in Critical-Cultural Studies (2010). Her pioneering work has advanced feminist scholarship through the associations and journals. She was among the founders of the Feminist Scholarship Interest Group of the International Communication Association (ICA) and has remained a stalwart of its successor, the Feminist Scholarship Division, winning its Teresa Award for feminist research in 2018. She served in leadership roles in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), including as its president 2011-2012. She served as editor of Critical Studies in Media and Communication and is presently the editor of Journalism & Communication Monographs. Her concern for complicated relationships among issues of violence, gender, race and other inequalities is a central theme in most of her work, as evidenced in a recent co-edited book, News of Baltimore: Race, Rage and the City (2017).

Travel, meals, and lodging are paid for by the Department of Communication. To apply, submit the following to by February 1, 2019:

  • C.V.
  • Letter of support from your Ph.D. advisor
  • Statement of interest (500 words)



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